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A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Chet and Bernie Mystery #5)

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Everyone's favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly ...more
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Published September 11th 2012 by Atria Books
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Jul 29, 2014 Ms.pegasus rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a humor filled light mystery
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Chet (the dog) and Bernie Little (the guy), are partners in the Little Detective Agency, for those unfamiliar with the series. (No need to worry about reading them in order, although there are some allusions to past events). Improbably, Chet and Bernie are hired by the mayor's office to keep a big name celebrity with modest acting credentials, Thad Perry, safe from his own excesses while he is in town to shoot a new movie. The mayor is interested in establishing the town as a filming mecca, but ...more
The fifth in the Chet and Bernie series, the adventures of the Little Detective agency as told by Chet, the partner who happens to be a dog, is the best yet, but I think that about every new entry in this series. I listened to this book (read by Jim Frangione, who does a great job) while walking my own dog, and likely got a reputation around town as a nut because I so often found myself laughing out loud. I think any dog owner will recognize the traits of dogdom in Chet's "voice."

Although the do
Gloria Feit
In the fifth book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, our favorite four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, are back on the job - - albeit not the usual missing persons case, or even the less-desired divorce work. He has been hired, on very generous financial terms, at the recommendation of the mayor’s office to make sure the young star in a new movie being filmed in their town stays out of trouble during the film shoot. Th ...more
Chet the dog and his private investigator companion, Bernie Little, set out on case number 5 in this New York Times Bestseller series, Chet and Bernie Mysteries.

The mayor of the valley decides to bring some extra revenue to town by luring a Hollywood studio to shoot a big budget movie there starring movie idol, Thad Perry. Chet and Bernie are approached to keep an eye on the movie star who is known to have been a bit wild and unreliable in the past and is now under contract with the studio to d
The fifth and latest entry in the wonderful Chet & Bernie series, featuring the PI team of Bernie Little and his canine partner Chet, who narrates the stories.

In this mystery, Chet & Bernie are hired to ‘babysit’ a well-known film star, known to go astray, while he is in town shooting a new movie. Nothing is ever as straight-forward as it seems, though, and the boys are soon digging up secrets from the past. For more plot details, see Shelleyrae’s full review at Book’d Out.

I love this se
My favorite narrator, Chet the Jet, the better half of the Little Detective Agency is back to solve a cold case crime. The case starts normally enough with Bernie Little being hired to make sure that a movie being shot in the valley proceeds with no slip-ups. That won't be easy since Thad Perry, the star, has major addiction problems. The reader knows the case will be solved with what Chet brings to the table. But Chet is under suspicion once Iggy's owner lets the proverbial cat out of the bag w ...more
Laurie Gold
The idea of Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries has appealed to me for years, but because I don’t like mystery novels, I’ve never read one. When Simon and Schuster made A Fistful of Collars--to be released in a few days--available for review via GalleyCat, I decided to give the series a try. I’m so glad I did; not only did I find the book a very refreshing read, I’ve discovered a series I can wholeheartedly recommend to a Very Picky Reader, my husband.

My interest in the series was its ca
Bernie and Chet are a team. Bernie is a private investigator. Lately, Bernie has been feeling the pinch in his financial situation. If it was not for this, he probably would have argued more with the Mayor about his latest job. The mayor wants to hire Bernie to baby sit a movie star. The town is the setting for a movie and Thad Perry is the star. Bernie is no one’s baby sitter but the money is good. It seems that Bernie will have to earn his money when someone tries to go after Thad.

A Fistful o
I really love these books. Having the story told to you from Chet's perspective never gets old. And the danger/mystery/suspense seems to get more exciting with each book. The only thing I could say I did not like with this book was the rmeoval of Susie. I just finished saying how much I loved Susie being more involved in the last book and how well she works with Chet and Bernie and then she gets a new job in D.C! I really miss the dynamic between her and Bernie and how great she is at helping ou ...more
Another fun Chet and Bernie mystery. As I've said before, I just love how author Spencer Quinn is so good at telling the story from Chet's persective. And I was super-happy that nothing terrible happened to Chet in this book. In the past, I've gotten a little angry with Bernie for putting Chet in harm's way. This time around, Chet was heroic without the whole is-he-gonna-survive worries.

Certainly not for everyone. I have heard that there are people out there who don't like books that are told fr
Amber Polo
Bernie Little and his partner Chet are best friends. But oh, if Bernie could hear Chet’s narration and dry humor, he’d love him even more. This case gets them involved with a movie company where everything is not what it seems.

As with many series, references to earlier cases are interesting asides if you’ve read all the books. That said Chet’s viewpoint is one we need from time to time.

Writers take note - Mr. Quinn's skill using a canine as a "reliable" narrator with no other point of view is r
I originally learned about A Fistful of Collars during a publisher’s giveaway. Since I’d enjoyed another human/animal mystery series, I thought this one might be fun to give a try even though I’d never heard of the author. It turns out that Spencer Quinn is a pseudonym for the U.S. crime novelist, Peter Abrahams. Although A Fistful of Collars is Book #5 in the bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, it works just fine as a stand-alone read. Read the rest of my review at http://popcornreads.c ...more
I have four mystery writers that I regularly follow: Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, C.J. Box and Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie series.
The premise of the series is simple. They are buddy books featuring Chet and Bernie, crime-fighting partners much like Holmes and Watson or Spenser and Hawk. Except for one important point - Chet is Bernie's dog.

The story is told from the point of view of Chet, a trained police dog that never quite graduated from the academy to a "leaping" incident that "invo
Jul 15, 2014 Randal rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Passengers
Shelves: crime
This is an airplane novel. Remember back before airplanes had seat-back entertainment sets and you had to read a crappy paperback to get through the flight. It didn't matter that it wasn't literature, just as long as it kept you from pondering the way the guy in the next seat always hogged the armrest, the possibility of the pilot flying into a mountain, whether the rivets would hold while the plane bounced in the turbulence or what they were drinking in first class.
Owing to a mysterious conspir
Max Read
“Cute, entertaining, but not serious writing”

“A Fistful of Collars” written by Spencer Quinn is a ramble into the unusual. In this novel, the narrator is Chet, Bernie Little’s detective partner in the “Little Detective Agency”. The story is replete with a dog’s take on life’s inconsistencies, a view from the “nation within” as Bernie sometimes calls Chet and his kind. There seemed to be a more decisive accumulation of a dog’s peculiarities then explanations of the clues leading to the solution o
The fifth book in the Chet & Bernie series, Quinn doesn't disappoint. At several points throughout the story I thought I knew what was going on, only to be thrown for a loop. I love a book with an unpredictable ending, and this was one. I really enjoy Chet's narration, since Quinn does a good job of retaining his "doggyness" while following the story. I think that's part of why this series doesn't just come off a cheesy.

This is a must-read for dog lovers that enjoy a good myster!
Stephen Osborne
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Chet the dog is one of the greatest creations in literature, up there with Hamlet...only Chet's soliliquies are funnier. Seriously, though, the Chet and Bernie mysteries are damned entertaining, and the latest entry is no exception. Here's to hoping that Chet and Bernie have many, many more adventures for us to enjoy.
I love Bernie and Chet!!!! These books are told by the dog and that to me is hilarious!!! Great book.

Chet and Bernie together again - what could be more fun?!?
Spencer Quinn has done it again! Love love love and you will too.

Everyone’s favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs. Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that som
One cannot help but wonder how long Spencer Quinn can go on with a series featuring a canine narrator. Each time I open one I expect this will be his swan song, but the author simply doesn’t flag--each new book in the series is as entertaining as the last! He manages to inhabit the minds-eye of a dog looking at human habits and create a voice for what a dog may think. If you imagine this cannot be funny for the fifth time, think again. Quinn has done it.

This is perfect beach reading. It puts you
Paul Pessolano
“A Fistful of Collars” by Spencer Quinn, published by Atria Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

This is the fifth book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery Series.

Bernie is a down on his luck Private Investigator and Chet, a dog who flunked out of K-9 School, is his faithful companion. The book is unusual in that Chet is the narrator and gives the dog side of human behavior and why dogs do the things they do.

Bernie is given a cushy job that pays way too much but finances being what they are take the job.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

With a nose for trouble and a dogged determination to uncover the truth (double pun intended!) A Fistful of Collars is the entertaining fifth installment of the mystery series featuring Chet and Bernie. Hand picked to babysit a visiting movie star, Thad Perry, by the Mayor, Chet and Bernie soon discover the Hollywood bad boy is hiding a deadly secret.

As always, the biggest draw of this series for me is it's telling from Chet's unique perspective. Despite Quinn restricting himself to only Chet's
Julie H.
In an attempt to lure the Hollywood film industry to the Valley in service to economic development and his reelection campaign, the Mayor brokers a deal where the Little Detective Agency is hired to babysit heartthrob actor Thad Perry on a film shoot. Things are not what they appear from the get go, and the assorted bumps in the road include the fact that Bernie's girlfriend Suzie is lured away to a new job by The Washington Post, someone is monitoring Bernie's house, everything nice done by the ...more
The Mayor wants to bring some much-needed revenue into the Valley so he arranges for a major Hollywood movie to film using the Valley as their location. Of course, with major Hollywood blockbusters come major Hollywood stars and their entourages. In this case it’s tempermental Thad Perry. Thad not only has the reputation of a bad boy, but the requisite drug problems to go with it and, some strange connection to the Valley that no one has figured out. The Mayor’s office hires the Little detective ...more
Lis Carey
Chet and Bernie are back, with a new case to solve, their ongoing financial difficulties, and a challenge in the form of a wonderful job offer for Bernie's girlfriend Susie, that will take her far away from Chet and Bernie.

Oh, and we also get a revealing new look at both Bernie and his ex-wife, casting fresh light on exactly why Leda took Charlie and left. Bernie's a great guy, but there are reasons Leda sometimes wants to do violence to him.

With another car wrecked, Bernie and Chet are visiting
Clockstein Lockstein
A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn is the fifth book in the Chet & Bernie mystery series about Chet the dog and his owner Bernie Little, a private detective. Bernie and Chet are hired by the mayor's office to keep an eye on movie star, Thad Perry, whose new movie is shooting in town and good for business, but he has a reputation for trouble. Bernie's curiosity makes him check into Thad's past which sends the pair on one of most intricate cases of their career. The case gets even more comp ...more
Mary (BookHounds)

So Chet and Bernie are back on the job and this time there is some Hollywood action involved. The Mayor has secured a big time movie project for the Valley and in order to make sure the star stays on the straight and narrow, his office hires The Little Detective Agency to help out. Of course there is some history between the Valley and superstar Thad Perry. All Bernie has to do is keep him safe and on track to finish the movie. That is easier said than done since Tha
The mayor wants to bring the movie business to the valley, and Chet and Bernie are just the guys to provide security for the visiting movie star, Chad (and see that he stays away from drugs and alcohol). This fifth book in the series featuring the financially clueless, environmentally conscious PI Bernie and his faithful dog, Chet, is just as humorous as the previous four. As in the previous books in the series, Chet narrates the story. He continues to be mystified by the breeze behind him when ...more
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Spencer Quinn lives on Cape Cod with his dog Audrey, and is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie adventure.

Spencer Quinn is a pseudonym of author Peter Abrahams.

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Other Books in the Series

Chet and Bernie Mystery (7 books)
  • Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)
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